If I spend my entire lifetime pondering His Attributes, I will never feel bored or satiated. Drawing closer to Him dispels the darkness of ignorance prevailing within my soul.
True knowledge of Him is the key to the security and bliss of my inner being. It is beyond my control not to love Him Who is Almighty, All-Powerful and also All-Just, All-Merciful, and Oft-Forgiving.
I do love Him because He is the Eternal, the Everlasting. No matter how deeply my heart becomes attached to Him, there is no fear whatsoever that one day I will be distressed by His death, Glorified be He.
I do love Him Who shows affection to us while He is self-sufficient, rich beyond need, and we stand in need of Him. His door is constantly wide open, whereas the doors of kings are closed, and even if opened, we will be met by so many chamberlains before we can meet a king, if we ever do. As for the Almighty Creator, we can meet Him whenever we like, day and night, through Prayer and supplication. He never gets bored with our frequent invocations. He grants our requests and even rewards us for asking.
My Love Grew When…
My love for the King of kings grew when I read the hadith quoting Him as saying,
“O My servants! Indeed, I have prohibited injustice for Myself and (also) prohibited it amongst you. So, be not unjust to one another” (Muslim).
How far different is the attitude of the earthly kings who make lawful for themselves what they forbid their subjects from.
My love for the Oft-Forgiving, the Acceptor of Repentance grew when I knew that He holds out His Hand by night to accept the repentance of the one who sinned during the day, and He holds out His hand during the day to accept the repentance of the one who sinned by night. And my heart overflew with love for Him when I knew that-as the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him said:
“Verily, Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His slave than a person who has his camel in a waterless desert carrying his provision of food and drink and it is lost. He, having lost all hopes (to get that back), lies down in the shade and is disappointed about his camel; when all of a sudden he finds that camel standing before him. He takes hold of its reins and then out of boundless joy blurts out: ‘O Allah, You are my slave and I am Your Lord.’ He commits this mistake out of extreme joy.” (Muslim)
The heart of a poor, powerless, and humble person like me cannot help but love a Majestic God Who is All-Compassionate, All-Relenting. In a Qur’anic verse, He announces the following:
(Say: “O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”) (Az-Zumar 39:53)
I Love Him … So, I Find Love Everywhere
With my love for the Almighty growing, I feel sweetness in my heart and find overwhelming joy and happiness everywhere. And I live in harmony and love with the world and all creatures around me, all praising and glorifying Him. Out of my love for Allah’s creatures, I shudder to think of doing any harm to them. In response to my love, I can also feel their love for me. Verily, I cannot take credit for this love. Yet, it is only by the grace of Almighty Allah Who conceals my demerits and imperfections that they –the creatures- do love me; otherwise, they never would.
I do love Him Whose love is a cure and healing, and which I do not fear overdoses thereof or any potential side effects. Contrarily, the more I take it, the more healthy and comfortable I will be, ever asking for additional doses.
I truly love Him, glorified be He. All poems of love cannot tell of the extent of my love for Him. If I were to spend my whole life in prostration to Him, shedding tears of humility and longing, I would never give due thanks to Him. Yet, He is the All-Thankful, All-Praiseworthy, and All-Loving. To Him belong the most beautiful Names and Attributes. He accepts what is little and forgives a lot. He shows what is good in me and covers what is ugly. Let me declare it: I cannot help but love Him
O Allah! Grant me Your love, the love of those who love You, and the love of every deed that leads me to Your love .
By Fatimah Al-`Imadi
Muslim Writer – Qatar